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My, what a little revelation can do…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

My goodness. It’s amazing how one small statement can seem like a really big deal.

During my interview with Brooke Shields for this month’s Health magazine, I asked her what we ask a lot of the cover stars: “What is your biggest health regret?” Her answer was surprising and insightful:

“Not learning to love the way I looked earlier. And I think I would have had sex a lot earlier! [Laughs.] I think I would have lost my virginity earlier than I did at 22. I had the public and all this pressure, and I wish I had just gotten it over with in the beginning when it was sort of OK. I think I would have been much more in touch with myself. I think I wouldn’t have had issues with weight—I carried this protective 20 pounds [in college]. It was all connected. And to me, that’s a health regret.”

More surprising than that, however? The swell of media that picked up on it and turned it into a huge swell of an admission! All the major mags and papers picked up on it. Some examples:


Us Weekly: Brooke Shields: “I Regret Losing My Virginity at 22”




 Page Six: “Brooke Shields Lost Virginity at 22”





HuffPoBrooke Shields: “I Lost My Virginity at 22”




PeopleBrooke Shields Regrets Not Losing Virginity Sooner




Fox News: Brooke Shields: I Would’ve Lost My Virginity Earlier



        Daily News: Actress and former model Brooke Shields reveals that she didn’t lose her virginity until she was 22


I’m glad it’s getting Health and Brooke’s causes the attention they deserve. And I appreciated how honest and forthright she was in the interview, as so many stars are gun-shy about just being themselves. But of course I hope this doesn’t end up being an “answer regret” for her going forward…

Ginnifer Goodwin: A Fine Romantic

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The next great dating movie is upon us! In just three days, He’s Just Not That Into You lands in theaters. And flocks of females are sure to follow. You can bet I’ll be there with a family size popcorn combo in hand (sorry, you’ll have to get your own).

The love-fest on film is sure to make Ginnifer Goodwin—who plays Gigi in the film—an even more recognizable and relatable name than she already is (you’ve seen her in Big Love and Walk the Line). I had the chance to interview her, as well as her co-star Justin Long, a few short weeks ago, and the story was just printed in Page Six magazine. Thought you might enjoy reading up on how Ginnifer sees her former loves, her current single life and the relationship she’s really after. And the quotes from Long, one of the funniest and easy-to-talk to actors out there? Priceless.

You can check out a more well-designed version of the story, along with the gorgeous photos of her and Justin Long (taken in a drool-worthy mansion on the Pacific Coast Highway) here, in Ginnifer in Page Six.

Page Six magazine, February 1, 2009

Page Six mag, February 1, 2009

Ginnifer Goodwin: A Fine Romantic

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin is single, footloose and fancy-free—but ready for a man to sweep her off her Manolos. The star of He’s Just Not That Into You talks about her recent Hollywood breakup, flirting with co-stars (like Justin Long) and exactly what she’s looking for in her next big love.

By Amy Spencer

“One of my New Year’s resolutions is to live outside my comfort zone. Normally I’m home and in bed by midnight. But last night I closed down my own party. There were posters all over—my face was everywhere!”

It’s the morning after the premiere party for the third season of the HBO show Big Love, and star Ginnifer Goodwin is functioning on about four hours of sleep. That may not seem like such a big deal, but the actress swears she’s normally the “go-home-early girl” who has to be “sandblasted out of my house” if she doesn’t get a full eight hours. This year, however, she’s turning over a new leaf. Which is why she cut loose and partied with her co-stars, sister and pal Justin Long. “After the premiere, whenever someone said, ‘Let’s go to this bar,’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m in!’ I went to O-Bar in Hollywood, and no one was dancing but me!”

But this woman has every right to kick up her heels and celebrate right now. After playing the adorable sidekick in films like Mona Lisa Smile and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton, then taking on the role of Johnny Cash’s first wife in 2005’s Walk the Line, this month Ginnifer gets top billing in He’s Just Not That Into You. Remarkably, hers is the most prominent role in a movie that includes Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly and Justin Long.

Based on the best-selling dating advice book of the same name, He’s Just Not That Into You comes at an interesting time in Ginnifer’s life, as her December breakup with her boyfriend of two years, American Pie actor Chris Klein, is still relatively fresh. “It just…it was just…time,” she says, noting that they still have great mutual respect. But by the sound of it, Ginnifer’s tough love may have also had a hand in the split. “I’m so an all-or-nothing person in dating, always,” she says. “I’m big on not wasting time. And so, yeah, if something’s not working, it’s time to not hold people back.” Still, she has kind words for Chris who, prior to dating Ginnifer, was engaged to Katie Holmes. “He is a very traditional fella, which I find so very attractive,” she says, with an “awww” in her voice. “He’s a stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of guy. And he’ll end up with the same kind of woman.”

The 30-year-old actress hardly looks heartbroken. Tucking into a hearty vegan scramble at a Hollywood café, and dressed in black jeans, black tank top and black Converse sneakers—all borrowed from a friend, because her own clothes are still packed up in boxes at her new home nearby—she’s all grins and giggles. Ginnifer’s friend and co-star Justin describes her as “adorable in a quasi-elfin way. Ginny’s beyond cute, she’s a hot elf. And she has her eccentricities. It’s like a wonderful battiness. She’s just loopy enough.”

Ginnifer grew up in the suburbs of Memphis, with “artsy fartsy” parents, who divorced when she was 16. Her father was a musician who once conducted Roy Orbison’s band and later opened a recording studio. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom who later became a “computer genius,” working for big-brand companies like Apple, FedEx and the Smithsonian. (She has one sister, Melissa, 28, a professional animator in Los Angeles, and is close to her two stepsisters as well.) Much of her childhood was spent doing local theater, and her first “real” kiss happened at summer camp when she was 15. “We kissed, and I ran off!” she remembers, laughing. “I was so freaked out—I mean, life had changed.” Three years later, Ginnifer enrolled at Boston University, where she earned her B.F.A., and also studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Following graduation in 2001, she and a friend moved to New York, where she settled into a fourth-floor walk-up in Hell’s Kitchen that fit only a twin-size bed and some uninvited mice. (Her favorite NYC date spot? The classically cozy Tavern on Jane, because “anything trendy would turn me off.”) The acting agent she scored before leaving school had her working immediately, and “it’s just flown since then,” she says. She moved to L.A. in 2003, and nabbed her big break in 2005, when she was cast as Margene, the third and youngest wife of a polygamist (played by Bill Paxton) on Big Love.

Along the way, there were boys, of course—she was linked to actor Topher Grace in 2002. And, despite the frantic flight from her first kiss, Ginnifer, just like her ex Chris, is a bit of a traditionalist—at least when it comes to romance. “I love Valentine’s Day!” she says. “I love it, I love it, I love it. I like having doors opened for me. My favorite romantic comedy is When Harry Met Sally.” And one of the most romantic gestures a guy can make, she says, is “taking me to meet his mother.”

She is not, however, a girl who relies on self-help tomes to navigate her relationships—in fact, she didn’t even read the book version of He’s Just Not That Into You until after she had filmed the movie. The essential message of the book is that women should stop making excuses for guys who don’t return their advances/call them back/take a relationship to the next level, and face up to the fact that, if he’s into you, he’ll make a move unprompted. So what did Ginnifer learn from it? “At the point at which I read the book—which was a year ago—I couldn’t believe how tolerant I was of foolishness.” That said, she’s confident that she gets the message. “I may be a feminist, but I also really want to date a guy who’s going to come after me. I’m really not into people who are not into me,” she says. “I mean truly. If a guy is not calling me back, I’m so turned off. I’m gone! I’m on to the next.”

So what kind of guy is Ginnifer looking for in real life? “I will end up with someone in the arts,” she pronounces. “I am positive. I eat, breathe and sleep acting. And I’ll end up with someone who is happy staying at home and having me cook supper. But I also really need to be intellectually challenged and stimulated. I want someone bookish, and someone who is passionate.”

Justin—who met the actress eight years ago when they were both on the TV show Ed, and who essentially plays the voice of book co-author Greg Behrendt in their upcoming movie, giving no-nonsense advice to Ginnifer’s looking-for-love character—has his own thoughts on the type of man who might work best for his pal. Other than someone who appreciates her acting, he says, it should be “someone who has a modicum of patience, who’s not afraid of a woman who has a certain amount of strength. Ginny’s definitely very opinionated. But underneath it all is this wide-eyed Memphis girl, who’s not at all jaded or mired in cynicism.”

So, could the two of them ever take their friendship to the next, romantic level? “My friends are like, ‘Well, what about you guys?’ ” admits Justin, who dated Drew Barrymore for a year before splitting in July 2008 and who was briefly linked last year to Kirsten Dunst. But, he insists, “we are like brother and sister.” Ginnifer seconds that emotion: “It is like being siblings. It’s a platonic bond. They say men and women can’t be friends, but that’s not true.” As for consoling each other through their respective breakups, she says, “We’re close in this way that I don’t ask certain questions because it’s almost like it would be small talk. We’ve told each other how we feel, but we don’t talk about ‘what happened.’ ”

Ginnifer also bonded with her on-screen actress gal pals—Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Connelly—while filming He’s Just Not That Into You. “We talked about, you know, does one even need a love of one’s life to be happy. I believe you absolutely don’t…but I do. Love will be a part of my great happiness. A great part of my great happiness.”

For now, though, her single life is the perfect fit. “Right now, I’m not lonely and I’m not needy, and I’m not, well…” she pauses and sighs, her sweetly goofy demeanor turning sentimental. “Sometimes I, of course, feel like I want to be taken care of. But right now I’m very, very, very happy and taking care of myself. And I really don’t want it any other way.”

Maria Bello in Page Six magazine

Friday, October 24th, 2008

This cover story was originally published in Page Six magazine. You can see the original version (including stunning shots of the actress in glitterati gowns) at the source: Full of Grace: Maria Bello

Maria Bello in Page Six magazine, July 27, 2008

Maria Bello in Page Six magazine, July 27, 2008

Actress Maria Bello is full of surprises—both for fans (who knew the dramatic actress harbored a lifelong dream of being an action hero?) and herself, as a new romance has changed her views on marriage and monogamy.

Maria Bello has never shied away from controversy—after all, this is a woman who’s starred in such button-pushing films as A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking and the upcoming Towelhead. But there’s one potential eyebrow-raiser in her new movie The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor that the actress didn’t see coming: her age. Specifically, that she is playing the mother of a 20-year-old. Maria rolls her eyes and throws her arms up. “I’m 41. Of course I could be the mother of a 20-year-old!” she says. “I’m not afraid to play my age. I never was. I’ve never been an ingénue. I like getting older.”

In real life—that is, here in the front yard of her two-story Craftsman home on the west side of Los Angeles—Maria is mom to a 7-year-old. And let’s face it: This is a woman who looks damn fine for 41. She’s wearing a white button-down shirt and jeans, with barely a hint of makeup, and her hair is pulled back in a sloppy-sexy ponytail. Her skin is positively glowing as she enjoys a snack of chips and salsa.

“We eat dinner out here all the time,” the actress says, pointing to the deck her younger brother built. “And we have dinner parties once a week.” The “we” she’s referring to? Herself and her two favorite guys. The first is her son, Jackson Blue, whom she had with her ex-boyfriend, screenwriter Dan McDermott (the pair split four years ago). Her son is named for her college mentor (Augustinian priest and professor Ray Jackson, who passed away 11 years ago) and, simply, for the color blue. “Twenty years ago, my friend, who is a Celtic healer, said, ‘I feel this blue energy around you,’ ” explains Maria. “So when I was pregnant, we thought, ‘blue.’ ”

Jackson is at basketball camp today, but home photos of him show a grinning kid with shaggy blond surfer hair. And, in fact, Maria and her boy have been taking surfing lessons together. But “his real bug is basketball,” she says. “My child is obsessed. One of his first words, after ‘Mama,’ ‘Dada’ and ‘dog,’ was ‘basketball.’ ”

The other man in her life is Bryn Mooser, her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half. “He’s beautiful inside and out—a great human being,” she says of Bryn, who is a musician, artist and part-time waiter. “He has more character in his little finger than any man I’ve ever met.” They met at the restaurant he worked at near her home. “We had been looking at each other,” she says. Then last March, at a meal for her cousin’s birthday, Maria made a move. “I had a couple of drinks, so I felt brave. I walked up and said, ‘Can you take this cake and put a candle in it? And by the way, do you have a girlfriend?’ From that night on, we’ve been together.”

Her relationship with Bryn, 28, is going so well, he’s changed her view on marriage. “I was always anti-marriage,” she admits. “I didn’t understand monogamy. I couldn’t figure out how that could last. And then I met Bryn and I started to understand the beauty of constancy and history and change and going on the roller coaster with someone—of having a partner in life.”

Maria was born in Norristown, Pa., a suburb 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia, into a blue-collar family of four kids. Dad was a construction worker, Mom was a nurse. While at Villanova University, Maria studied law—peace and justice education, with a focus on human rights work. On a whim, she took her first acting class during her senior year. Her debut monologue was, she says laughing, a Bob Dylan song, which she recited dressed as a homeless person. Still, right away “I knew that’s what I should be doing.” She felt guilty about switching from law to acting, but her aforementioned mentor changed her mind: “I said, ‘I feel like I’m supposed to be an actor, but I also feel like it’s a selfish profession, considering what I was going to do.’ And he told me, ‘You serve best by doing the thing that you love most.’ ” That friend, by the way, was in his sixties, a fact Maria takes pride in. “My friends in college were Ray Jackson, who was 65, and my grandmother, who worked in the cafeteria!”

And if those seem like curious couplings, she’s got another: “My best guy friend is turning 78 next week,” she says, referring to John, a man who saw Maria in a movie years ago, felt they had a connection and asked to have a meeting with her. Intrigued, Maria met him at a Mexican restaurant. “We didn’t leave for five hours. Since then, we’ve probably talked every day.” How does she explain her friendships with senior citizens? “I’m interested in people who have lived, who are searching and questioning. I have more in common with John than probably any friend I’ve ever met.” For example? “We read the same books—we’re self-help and philosophy junkies.”

Maria does have at least one Holly wood friend her own age: 40-year-old actress Carrie-Anne Moss, whom she met in a hotel lobby in Toronto 12 years ago. “I walked in and she goes, ‘I love you!’ And I go, ‘I love you, too!’ ” We went up to her hotel room and made French onion dip in a wine glass and had chips and salsa and talked all night.” The actresses—who Maria says “never talk about the business”—are godparents to each other’s children. (Carrie has two sons.) “She is so compassionate,” says Maria. “She is my parenting mentor.”

Maria got her first break on the 1996 CBS spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith (not to be confused with the Brangelina movie of the same name), then moved on to ER for two seasons alongside George Clooney (“he’s a really, really good person”) and Mariska Hargitay. ­“[Mariska] introduced me to Dan, so she’s responsible for my child,” Maria says with a smile. But Maria says her true breakthrough was in the 2003 movie The Cooler, opposite William H. Macy, when she was 36. “I did a lot of work before then, but I don’t think it was until The Cooler that I came into myself as an actor, and that other people noticed me as an actor,” she says.

Her latest project is The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. But don’t misunderstand: This big action blockbuster isn’t a sell-out film for Maria, but rather a childhood fantasy come true. “My biggest dream since I was a kid was to be the woman sneaking on the pirate ship dressed like a man, who was this great sword fighter, and the captain fell in love with her,” she says. “When I got into acting, I told my dad my dream was to be Indiana Jones. He said, ‘Honey, you want to be the girl in Indiana Jones?’ And I said, ‘No, I want to be Indiana Jones.’ ”

She laughs out loud at the irony that people think she’s a capital-S serious actress who fell into an action role, when really, it was the opposite. “I don’t know how I became known as a dramatic actress. When people would ask what part I wanted to play next, they expected me to say something like Medea, but I would say, ‘I want to play Indiana Jones!’ And for The Mummy I did these incredible stunts!” she says, and the joy is visible on her face. “This was a thrill of my life.”

And that’s the great thing about Maria Bello—she’s a woman who’s experienced enough to know that the best way to serve the world is by doing the thing she loves most. Even if it is battling the bad guys with a sword.